Director: Sue Brooks
Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young, Terry Norris, Julia Blake, Tasma Walton, Kenya Pearson, Harry Richardson
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Australia
Mature themes and coarse language
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“Offers a deep observation of human nature… There are no heroes, just ordinary people and multiple journeys, yet it lacks nothing in emotional impact or narrative drive… There’s no-one better than Brooks at placing characters in the Australian landscape in a way that makes us see their vulnerability, fear and humanity, all at once… With its painterly eye for the parched saltpans and wheat fields bisected by snaking roads, the film has a lonely, elegiac beauty. The unexpected comedy can give way in an instant to something darker, but it’s never mean-spirited. As so often in Brooks’ films, the best and the worst of human experience travel together, and we never know which shall have dominion.”
Paul Byrnes, SMH/THE AGE
“Really wonderful. Beautiful. Brooks gets to the minutiae of being human… has enormous compassion.”
Margaret Pomeranz, FOXTEL ARTS
“I love this film! One of the most mesmerising and funny, moving and stylish films I’ve seen for a long time. Extraordinarily accomplished.”
Graeme Blundell, FOXTEL ARTS
“Intriguing. An offbeat road movie filled with surprises and revelations. Sue Brooks is an Australian filmmaker with a distinctive view of the world. Her new film successfully blends brittle social comedy with a dramatic story involving a troubled teenager and her attempt at rebellion. Impeccably packaged – the photography is superlative, the score perfectly complements the narrative. The characters depicted are flawed in all sorts of ways, but Brooks’s evident sympathy for all of them shines through.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN
“Wryly funny, keenly observed. If you yearn for an evocative, intriguing local film to see on Australia Day, this one will not disappoint.”
Nick Dent, TIME OUT
“Gave me goosebumps. It’s a film that has stayed with me, and has continued to find new nooks inside my heart.”
E. Nina Rothe, THE HUFFINGTON POST
Kate Muir, THE TIMES (UK)
“Like Roxburgh’s performance, Brooks has created a fine balance between humour and darkness, which are often such great bedfellows… it is something of a journey of the soul and redemption. The result is a tender and bittersweet drama about the vagaries of life and the consequences of our actions.”
Jo-Ann Titmarsh, HEYUGUYS
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2015 TORONTO INTL. F.F. – IN COMPETITION
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2015 ADELAIDE INTL. F.F. – IN COMPETITION
The acclaimed new film from Sue Brooks,the multi award-winning director of Japanese Story and Road To Nhill, LOOKING FOR GRACE is an intimate, funny and profoundly moving story about chance, fate and the complexities of family life.
When rebellious 16-year-old Grace (rising star Odessa Young) takes off, her exasperated mum and dad (the superb Radha Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh) enlist the help of a close-to-retirement detective, and begin the long drive from Perth out to the West Australian wheatbelt to try to find her. On the journey, the two must confront the realities of their changing relationship to one another, and to their daughter…
Wry, intriguing and poignant, Brooks’ unflinching reflection on the disruptive effects of both adolescence and middle-age boasts her trademark sense of character, acerbic humour and eye for the hypnotic rhythms of Australia’s regional landscapes. Innovatively structured to incrementally reveal each character’s journey – and secrets – from numerous vantage points, LOOKING FOR GRACE is ultimately a beautiful, bold and unmistakably Australian story that reminds us that life is precious, and can change in the blink of an eye.
Stars Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young, Terry Norris & Kenya Pearson, writer/director Sue Brooks, producer Alison Tilson and cinematographer Katie Milwright on the red carpet at the Melbourne Premiere (24/11/15).
Stars Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young, Kenya Pearson & Harry Richardson, writer/director Sue Brooks, producers Alison Tilson, Sue Taylor and Lizzete Atkins on the red carpet at the Sydney Premiere – Opening Night of the 2016 St George Open Air Cinema season (8/1/16).